A Fortus Swimathon? Save the date!

21 February 2022


On Saturday 26th February, a team of 6 brave (Crazy? Courageous?) individuals will be taking a dip in Wolverton Pool’s Lane 5, as part of the annual Swimathon hosted by Rotary MK. This is to support their 7 nominated charities to raise vitally important funds for local causes.

When I was initially approached by Samantha Bradford of Simplicity Financial Planning about the Swimathon, I knew we could gather a team together for a bit of healthy competition, and with Fanny at the helm of the recruitment mission, we set about finding the 5 other willing volunteers to ‘don’ their swimsuits and take the plunge!

So, it gives me great pleasure to present our Swimathon team – who are looking very fetching thanks to some great marketing collateral, of course. Hayley, Fanny, Jurgita, Vic, Paul, and Byron (left to right) will be splashing to victory, no doubt. I’ll be there, pompoms in hand (Orello of course!) to support the team.

However, as well as supporting the team in question – we’re all supporting a very good cause. Rotary MK are a venture close to Sam’s heart and she does a lot of key work with them to raise funds – this was another reason why I was so keen for Fortus to step forward and support them. The Swimathon’s the charity’s biggest annual event that raises over £25,000 each year.

This year, the nominated charities are:

Willen Hospice – are famous for the compassionate and quality end of life care they provide, and they’ll be using the funds raised to support the cost of contactless devices and technology that have become both fundamental and game-changing since the pandemic.

Safety Centre and Hazard Alley – provide essential safety education to children, young people and adults alike, a charity close to the hearts of anyone who grew up in MK and know exactly what a fantastic facility and field trip this used to be. They’ll be using the funds raised to update their workbooks to cover even more content for 2022.

The Bus Shelter MK – will be using funds raised as part of their work with the homeless community to provide long-term accommodation, basic household items and offer ongoing and much needed support.

Q:alliance – are an LGBTQ+ charity that have been supporting the community since the 1980s, and continue to do fundamental work with young people and youth groups in Milton Keynes.

Supershoes – are a charity that aim to empower children and young people who are being treated for cancer, with beautifully customised canvas shoes to reflect the interest of the children. The funds raised will be used to meet the high number of referrals since the pandemic.

Thames Valley Air Ambulance – works on the frontline saving lives. They work within minutes to provide expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital straight to the scene. It costs on average £3,750 to send a helicopter on each incident, so any funds raised will enable them to provide the urgent critical care needed.

Transitions UK – is a charity that works with supporting disadvantaged young people (aged between 15 and 25) to ensure they’re able to ‘transition’ to healthy, happy and fulfilled adult lives offering projects for care leavers, youth offenders and any funds raised will go towards offering extra activities to support personal development and growth (such as team building and digital support for emotional well-being).

We’re not asking all of you to partake in the 55-minute challenge of relay lap swimming – unlike Fanny, Hayley, Paul, Vic, Byron, and Jurgita. However, if you did want to support the team, and the charities they’re swimming for, by donating, click the button below

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Rotary MK are hosting the whole day, so there’s also space to come down and support the team in person too – get your pompoms at the ready to cheer on Lane 5!

Go Team Fortus!